1.) If you ever need to do a background check on your date to make sure he or she is not a distant cousin, well, there's an app for that. Software engineers in Iceland have scraped publicly available genealogy data to create a mobile Android app which allows its users to bump their phones together to check if they are blood-related before making any traumatic mistake. When a match is too close, the device will sound off an alarm, notifying the two users that they should probably just be friends.
2.) Among the places you should never text – in court while you’re sitting in the jury box and the trial is going on. An Oregon judge noticed an unexpected glow on a juror's chest while the courtroom lights were dimmed during video evidence in an armed-robbery trial. The court was cleared, except for 26-year-old Benjamin Kohler, who had been doing the texting. The judge held Kohler in contempt, and the jurist spent most of Tuesday and Wednesday in the county jail. He was released Wednesday night. An alternate juror took his place and the trial ended Thursday with the defendant found guilt.
3.) Decades after women fought to participate in the workforce and higher education, a Vanderbilt University professor has noticed a strange counter trend: more and more female graduates of elite universities are dropping out of the workforce. The research finds that 60 percent of female graduates from elite colleges are working full time compared to 68 percent of women from other schools. Even though elite graduates are more likely to earn advanced degrees, marry at later ages and have higher expected earnings, they are still opting out of full-time work at much higher rates than other graduates, especially if they have children.